Transgenic Research

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 179–189 | Cite as

A Specific Real-Time Quantitative PCR Detection System for Event MON810 in Maize YieldGard® Based on the 3′-Transgene Integration Sequence

  • Marta Hernández
  • Maria Pla
  • Teresa Esteve
  • Salomé Prat
  • Pere Puigdomènech
  • Alejandro Ferrando
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Abstract

The increasing presence of transgenic plant derivatives in a wide range of animal and human consumables has provoked in western Europe a strong demand for appropriate detection methods to evaluate the existence of transgenic elements. Among the different techniques currently used, the real-time quantitative PCR is a powerful technology well adapted to the mandatory labeling requirements in the European Union (EU). The use of transgene flanking genomic sequences has recently been suggested as a means to avoid ambiguous results both in qualitative and quantitative PCR-based technologies. In this study we report the identification of genomic sequences adjacent to the 3′-integration site of event MON810 in transgenic maize. This genetically modified crop contains transgene sequences leading to ectopic expression of a synthetic CryIA(b) endotoxin which confers resistance to lepidopteran insects especially against the European corn borer. The characterization of the genome–transgene junction sequences by means of TAIL-PCR has facilitated the design of a specific, sensitive and accurate quantification method based on TaqMan chemistry. Cloning of event MON810 3′-junction region has also allowed to compare the suitability of plasmid target sequences versus genomic DNA obtained from certified reference materials (CRMs), to prepare standard calibration curves for quantification.

GMO MON810 event real-time PCR TAIL-PCR TaqMan 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marta Hernández
    • 1
  • Maria Pla
    • 1
  • Teresa Esteve
    • 1
  • Salomé Prat
    • 1
  • Pere Puigdomènech
    • 1
  • Alejandro Ferrando
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto de Biología Molecular de Barcelona (IBMB)-Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)BarcelonaSpain

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